How Much Does a Planet Fitness Membership Cost?

Planet Fitness memberships start at $10 or $24.99 a month before taxes and fees. Members also have to pay an annual fee.
Elizabeth Ayoola
By Elizabeth Ayoola 
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There's a saying that you should always read the fine print, and the same applies when it comes to a gym membership. If you’ve been thinking about joining Planet Fitness, here’s an explanation of how much a gym membership costs, what perks are included and the fine print to keep in mind.

What is Planet Fitness?

Planet Fitness is a gym with over 2,500 fitness centers. The chain provides a range of fitness equipment and services people can use to exercise and meet fitness goals.

How much does a Planet Fitness membership cost?

Planet Fitness has two main membership tiers: the Classic and the PF Black Card. Before signing up, keep in mind that you may be required to commit for 12 months. You must be a minimum of 18 years old to enroll, but 13- to 17-year-olds can join with a parent or guardian.

When considering the cost of a Planet Fitness membership, keep in mind that there is an annual fee of $49. You pay the annual fee in addition to the monthly membership fees.

Classic membership

This is the basic membership, and it starts at $10 a month before taxes and fees. You get unlimited access to your home club but can’t go to other locations. Perks include access to Planet Fitness app workouts and partner rewards and discounts.

The Classic membership may be ideal for people who are likely to go to the same gym each time they work out. It may also be good for people who just want to put their head down and exercise and don’t need extras.

PF Black Card membership

This is the second tier Planet Fitness offers, and there are far more perks. The PF Black Card membership starts at $24.99 a month before taxes and fees and comes with all the benefits mentioned above and more, including:

  • The ability to bring one guest. 

  • Access to any Planet Fitness gym worldwide. 

  • Access to equipment like tanning, massage chairs and hydromassage. 

  • Use of Total Body Enhancement, a machine that combines red light therapy and vibration to produce various health and cosmetic benefits.   

  • 50% off select drinks. 

  • Premium access to partner rewards and discounts. 

If you have a sporadic schedule or travel often, this tier may be ideal since you’ll have access to multiple branches. People who enjoy having a workout buddy could also benefit since you can bring a plus one. Likewise, if you live with someone, be it a partner or roommate, you could split the cost of the gym membership and save a few extra dollars.

You can upgrade your membership from Classic to PF Black Card online or ask for assistance when you’re at the gym. Downgrading is also possible, but you’ll have to do that in person.

Also, if you usually use your credit card for payments to get those extra benefits, note that most Planet Fitness branches accept payments through checking accounts only.

Other perks that come with a membership

There are multiple amenities members can enjoy at Planet Fitness. These perks are available to all members, whether they’re at the PF Black Card or Classic.

Free fitness training

Some people want to use a personal trainer but can’t afford to because it’s not within their budget. Planet Fitness has a competitive edge there since they offer free fitness training. And you don’t have to be a PF Black Card member to access the training.

Trainers can be used as often as you need them. The first step is to sign up through the Planet Fitness mobile app or on your gym’s website. If you’d rather do it in person, go to the front desk at your local fitness location to sign up.

Customized workout plan

Some people feel overwhelmed when they’re in the gym because they aren’t sure which workouts or equipment will help them reach their fitness goals. Planet Fitness offers customized workout plans for all members that include a meeting with a certified trainer to chat about fitness goals, medical background and exercise history.

Group training sessions and group classes

Working out with others can be more motivating than working out alone. Planet Fitness offers group training sessions for members, including classes for upper and lower body, core and stretching.

Sign up for group training sessions online using the pre-booking feature or show up at class time to see if there’s space available. Every Planet Fitness location offers between 11 and 14 small group training sessions per day, which means you might be able to catch one even if you’re working 9 to 5.

Free Wi-Fi

It can be nice to have access to Wi-Fi at the gym to watch a show while on the treadmill or follow along to a fitness video. All Planet Fitness members and guests have access to free Wi-Fi, in case that’s an important perk for you.

Gym workouts via the Planet Fitness app

On days you can’t make it to the gym, members have access to a range of free workouts on the Planet Fitness app. These workouts can also be helpful for people who don’t know what exercises to do at the gym and want to follow along to a workout solo.

Referral program

Looking to save money on your gym membership? Planet Fitness has a referral program that can cut up to three months of membership fees each year. You get a free month for each person you refer who joins, but there’s a cap of three people. The referred friend can also join with $1 down and no commitment, which gives them flexibility in case they decide Planet Fitness isn't for them.

How to cancel a Planet Fitness membership

There isn’t a uniform way to cancel a Planet Fitness membership — the cancellation process is different at each club. For most locations, you’ll have to go in person and cancel the membership, although there are a few that allow you to cancel by mail or online. For some people, this is a hassle, so that’s something to consider before signing up.

Another detail that could impact your cash flow is the timing of your cancellation. To avoid being billed the annual membership fee, you need to cancel by the 25th of the month prior to the annual fee date. Also, those who cancel before they’ve completed their minimum commitment will pay a $58 buyout fee.

Be mindful of these cancellation clauses. It can be easy to repeatedly forget to cancel your membership and end up paying for a membership you aren’t using.

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